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Jul 24, 2019

SpaceX attempts first short flight of Starship prototype rocket but stops shortly after engine fires

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SpaceX was attempting to fly its “Starship” prototype rocket in its first short flight of more than a few feet off the ground on Wednesday.

Jul 24, 2019

LightSail 2 Successfully Deploys Solar Sail

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Images from The Planetary Society’s spacecraft confirm the solar sails deployed on 23 June 2019 at 11:47 PDT (18:47 UTC).

Jul 24, 2019

NASA’s Cassini Mission to Saturn

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See some of the top images and discoveries that will form Cassini’s legacy:

Jul 24, 2019

LightSail 2 Unfurls Sails, Next Step Toward Space Travel on Solar Winds

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The Planetary Society deployed LightSail 2, aiming to further demonstrate the potential of solar sailing for space travel.

Jul 23, 2019

SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to launch 3D printer that could one day print human organs from space

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, biotech/medical, space travel

For Kenneth Church, sending a 3D printer that could one day print viable human organs to the International Space Station was a personal decision.

Church’s daughter, Kendie Hope, suffered from a diaphragmatic hernia when she was little that prevented her right lung from growing.

“It turned out that my kid shouldn’t have lived,” Church, who is the CEO of nScrypt — an Orlando-based manufacturer that sells 3D printing equipment, said.

Jul 23, 2019

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on the next giant leap for mankind

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As the founder, CEO and lead designer at SpaceX, a private company that makes rockets and spacecraft, Elon Musk envisions a time when his reusable rockets will bring people to the moon and Mars. He’s focused on humans becoming a “multi-planet species,” and on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, he speaks with Jeffrey Kluger (editor-at-large at Time magazine, and the co-author of “Apollo 13”) about his vision for the future.

Jul 23, 2019

India’s Chandrayaan-2 moon mission lifts off a week after aborted launch

Posted by in categories: policy, space travel

It will take more than six weeks to travel about 238,600 miles (384,000km) to the moon. The four-tonne spacecraft has a lunar orbiter, a lander named Vikram after the founder of Isro, and a rover. The rover, named Pragyan, which means “wisdom” in Sanskrit, will spend two weeks traversing the moon’s surface. The six-wheeled vehicle, which will be deployed in early September, will collect crucial information about the mineral and chemical composition of the lunar surface, and search for water.

It was, he added, a “fully indigenous” project, using Indian technology.

Chandrayaan-2 aims to become the first mission to conduct a surface landing on the lunar south pole region, where it will collect crucial information about the moon’s composition. It would be India’s first surface landing on the moon – a feat previously achieved by only Russia, the US and China.

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Jul 22, 2019

Nividia GPU Proves Apollo 11 Moon Mission Wasn’t Fake!!

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The incredible power of the GPU! Next gen consoles are gonna be lit! 😍.

Half-a-century has passed since mankind first set its foot on the moon. And while NASA is preparing to send the first woman to the moon, some humans still believe that space exploration done by US-based agency NASA was nothing more than a fake moon mission.

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Jul 21, 2019

Canadian Space Agency

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, space travel

Countdown to the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing: We’re proud to join NASA’s quest to return to the Moon! We’re contributing Canadarm3, a smart robotic system that will help maintain the Lunar Gateway, a small space station in lunar orbit!


Jul 21, 2019

Will the X3 ion thruster propel us to Mars?

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X3 is a powerful ion thruster that could one day propel humans beyond Earth. The thruster was successfully tested few months ago, and could be selected by NASA as a crucial component of propulsion system for future Mars missions.

X3 is a Hall-effect thruster—a type of ion thruster in which the propellant (most commonly xenon) is accelerated by electric and magnetic fields. Such thrusters are safer and more fuel efficient than engines used in traditional chemical rockets. However, they currently offer relatively low thrust and acceleration. Therefore, engineers are still working to make them more powerful.

Nearly 31.5 inches (80 centimeters) in diameter and weighing around 507 lbs. (230 kilograms), X3 is a three-channel nested thruster designed to operate at power levels up to 200 kW. The thruster is jointly developed by the University of Michigan (U-M), NASA and the U.S. Air Force. The project is funded through NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnership (NextSTEP).

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